February 19, 2010

Gonzaga Bulldogs, and Canada's only remaining WWI vet have died

Sorry Zags fans, but last night's game sucked. Sucked. SUCKED. There was roughly 50 people in the gym at LMU to see the best team in the WCC (probably because a 6pm game is terrible for LA traffic), and apparently the boys in blue never showed up. I would go into detail but ever time I talk negatively about GU, I get angry emails and texts, so I'm just going to let it go.

Gonzaga 66, Loyola Marymount 74

In other news, the last remaining Canadian Veteran of WWI, John Babcock, has died at the age of 109. That is big news in itself, but the man had lived in Spokane since the 1930s.

Babcock, who has lived in Spokane since the early 1930s, became a bit of a celebrity in the last few years, especially in Canada. Well wishes for his birthday in July 2009 were sent from Queen Elizabeth II, and the guest list included the Canadian consulate who joined Babcock and his family at the Rosauers on North Division for birthday cake, French fries and tartar sauce.

“I was deeply saddened to learn today of the death of John Babcock, Canada’s last known First World War veteran,” Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said in a news release Thursday. “As a nation, we honor his service and mourn his passing.”

“John Babcock was Canada’s last living link to the Great War, which in so many ways marked our coming of age as a nation,” Harper added, noting that 650,000 men and women served in the Canadian forces during WWI.

With Babcock’s passing, Frank Woodruff Buckles, 109, of West Virginia, is the only surviving American World War I veteran.

Babcock was born in 1900, on a farm near Kingston, Ontario, Canada; he outlived 10 siblings.

He enlisted in the Canadian Army during WWI, at the age of 15. 

The thing with losing a living link to the past is that you're losing an actual person who experienced history. After that, it's whatever the history books say... which is tend to not be the most accurate things in the world. However, very cool that he was living in Spokane. How about that?

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